I got this app about a year ago when I got my phone. My mom heard about it from her friend who has her entire family on it. The minute I got my phone, she told me that I would have to download a tracking app on it if I wanted to use it. At the time, I was 15 with a permit, but not a license, so I couldn’t really go anywhere unless she took me. A couple minutes later, she sent me the link to this app and demanded that I downloaded it.
Before I got my phone, I had an iPod that allowed me to send messages on WiFi. When I went out with friends, I’d always update my mom on where I was and who I was with. If I couldn’t text her, then I would have my friends let her know. That in itself was a little stifling, but I showed my parents that I wasn’t trying to hide anything and showed them they could trust me. I’ve never lied about where I’ve been or who I’ve been with, and yet the first thing to happen when I got my phone was this.
Initially, it was just my mom and I on the app. In addition to feeling like I’d done something wrong or had lost my parents trust, I stopped going out as much because I felt like I’d be constantly questioned. And even though my mom could track my every movement, she still demanded that I text her every update in the plan. Then, my sister got a phone a couple months after that and my mom demanded that she download the app too. Once again, keep in mind that my sister and I have never done anything to lose their trust.
Shortly after that, my dad decided to join the app as well. Now all of us are on it and we can all see where the others are at, right? Wrong. The location mechanics are spotty at best. When my sister and I are at school, we’ll sometimes be shown at random houses in a nearby neighborhood. My parents will also get random notifications in the middle of the night that my sister has left the house when she’s asleep.
The app has turned into an obsession. My dad constantly questions my mom when she leaves work to get lunch, and my mom has since upgraded our subscription to encompass more places and features to track us, even as she acknowledges the inaccuracies in the tracking itself. This app destroys relationships and trust.
I am 17 year old high school senior, my dad made my brother and I get this app when I was 16. From the very first moment I opened the app I hated it. It has caused a huge divide in my family. Just last week I got grounded because Life360 said I was 6 minutes late for curfew, I was not. I have evidence (texts, people etc) who can prove it but my father refuses to listen. I will be uninstalling the app ASAP even though it may result in some severe consequences.
When I am at school, the gps often bounces around, telling my father that I’m not. I’ve had panic attacks in class due to my dad calling over and over again and me being unable to respond knowing what’s in store for when I get home. He called my school and told them I couldn’t be trusted and they needed to keep a special eye on me. I’ve always made straight A’s, never skipped school or even a single class, did extra credit for fun, but I couldn’t be trusted. When my mother died in September 2019 things took a different kind of turn. My dad loosened up and didn’t care as much about where my brother and I were. When I was out with friends he would call me and text me saying I wasn’t where I told him I would be when I was. Life360 would, at times, tell my dad I was up to a mile away from where I said I was. He’s shown up to restaurants because “he needed to know if he could trust me” still no matter how many of his tests I passed he refused to.
You do not know the pain you have caused me and so many other young men and women. Your app constantly gives out wrong information and it’s ripped my family apart. Do the right thing and think about someone other than yourselves.
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No, it’s quiet a horrible app, it’s gps can randomly bug out, and honestly why are you going to track down you’re child? It’s so sad that parents don’t even trust there own kids, as a kid knowing that there own parents doesn’t trust them, can be quite hurtful the relationship could be destroyed all because the parent for some reason doesn’t trust there child they choose not to talk to them, not to sit down and understand them, find a way where they can ask there child where they are, and not have to worry but no, instead they choose to track them, making sure that there child knows, “I don’t trust you, and am going to track you whenever wherever,” that’s not fudging right, that’s so toxic. Yes there are times when this app can be helpful and not toxic, where the child is okay and knows that the parents trust them, but still wants to make sure, or friends wanting to have each other backs, but forcing a child to do 360 without agreeing, or talking with each other is plain out wrong.
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Parents and kids argue over life360 and all the different features from the app including driving, times and inaccurate locations. These different aspects surrounding the app make it hard for kids to have that freedom that they should be given. Instead, kids who don’t have much freedom in their homes lose the important relationship with their parents and lose a sense of trust that is important in a solid family structure. For these reasons, me and so many other teens believe life360 has the right idea to allow location access if there was an emergency or another situation, but abuses the power of knowing where kids are at all times. I think things need to change surrounding the app to allow kids to have their privacy and freedom while at the same time still allow accessibility to check for safety reasons. Life360 has become a way to lock children down in an abusive way from what they are suppose to do which is experience things and grow from them. Not lock us down.
Okay first of all just because you want to go out to all your parties without your parents permission and they have this app doesn’t mean its a bad app it means this just proves they shouldn’t be doing it. Just because that’s what you wanna do and it ruins it for you doesn’t make it okay to give it a bad rating and try to get it shut down there are people who actually need this app who live in a dangerous community stop being so selfish and be considerate about how it will affect other peoples lives if it is shut down parents will not be able to see if their kid is okay. Or where they are. Your parents don’t get this app because they don’t trust you, they get it so they can make sure your safe. So next time you wanna come on here and give it bad rating just because some lunatic on tik tok said too, think about how many people’s lives will be affected. And thank you to the people who made life360 it is an amazing app! God bless you and have an amazing dsy
I would leave zero stars if I could. People get this app with good intentions because they either just want to feel safe knowing where their kid is or they feel like they’d want to check in on them from time to time but every family that I know that has this app has the same situation: eventually the parents become obsessed with checking the app and “confirming” what it is that the kids tell them. This obsession directly leads to a complete lack of trust between the family. It makes it impossible for a child to live their life with any sense of freedom and the parents lose the ability to recognize this fact. If you don’t want your kids to talk to you once they become old enough to move out then get this app. If you want to get into endless pointless fights with your child get this app. If you don’t value what is right for your kid then get this app. If this doesn’t sound like you then absolutely refuse everything this app offers.
This seems to be a problem with apps as they grow. You just released an update that removed features/benefits for me unless I pay more! That is dishonest. You made these tiers in spite of the surveys you sent out about a year ago asking people what the would be willing to pay and lose out on. I am willing to be no one answered, “Oh yes please! Charge me a lot more but remove functionality and features. Oh, and definitely add in useless and non-related features do you can try to justify the price increases!”......said no one ever.
You also keep adding things on screen that crowd out and clutter up the map, making it more difficult to see. I have complained about this before, and now it is worse!
So, a formerly favorite app is now 1 star, and I will be checking out different services and equipment to perform the same functions without Life360. The least you could have done is grandfathered in your long time customers.
This app is just bad not only do you have to pay for features but also it invades your privacy like im a good kid i dont go off campus or skip school or ride my bike that far and only go where im told but my dad has the audacity to put this on my phone i under stand the protection side of it right but being 14 almost 15 and also really paranoid im not going to let some one kid nap me im for one very anti social im always aware of my surroundings never even talk to strangers and when i ride my bike its in very public places where nothing will happen and its not even that far away but if your a parent reading this please respect your kids privacy even if they go to crazy parties its part of growing up (im not saying let them go do a bunch of drugs or anything)but just trust them trust to a kid means a lot and this app kills all the trust and bond we have with our parents i feel not trusted at all.
Have been using this app for my family since December and in general it has worked as advertised. We have been happy, especially with a new driver in the house. Since the last update, I believe to 20.3.2, the app has been very buggy and most importantly is not providing real time location information or alerts when marked locations are arrived at or left from. I fully understand software has bugs, but given one of the primary functions of this app is to real time information, the QA process of the development team in this last release gives me cause for greater concern.